Johnny Manziel Investigated for Domestic Violence: Latest Details, Comments

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks with media members following the team's 30-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks n an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)
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After issuing a statement Feb. 4 saying it had closed its investigation into an alleged assault by free-agent quarterback Johnny Manziel against his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, the Dallas Police Department opened a new criminal investigation Feb. 5 after a complaint was filed.

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Manziel Indicted on Assault Charge 

Sunday, April 24 

The Dallas District Attorney's office said Manziel was indicted by a grand jury, per Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan. 

Austin York of CBS Radio reported Manziel has been indicted for a misdemeanor assault charge.

New Grand Jury Reportedly Hears Manziel Case

Tuesday, April 19

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, citing a source, reported a grand jury heard Manziel's domestic violence case Tuesday. Rapoport added Manziel and Crowley are "not slated to testify."

Earlier, Jennifer Emily of the Dallas Morning News reported a grand jury was "expected" to hear the domestic violence case against Manziel on Thursday.

On April 4, Jack Douglas Jr. of CBS 11 reported the initial grand jury's term ended before it could listen to the case against Manziel.

Goodell Comments on Manziel Investigation

Wednesday, March 23

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Manziel investigation is ongoing and doesn't have a definitive end date, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Manziel Case Headed to Grand Jury

Thursday, Feb. 25

Dallas PD announced it has completed its investigation, and Manziel's case will be decided by a grand jury:

The investigation of the domestic violence assault involving [Manziel], which occurred on January 30, 2016, has been completed. Today, a Class A misdemeanor Assault/Domestic Violence case has been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for presentation to the grand jury. The Dallas Police Department will not release any details of the investigation while it is pending grand jury presentation.

Manziel Signs Protective Order

Monday, Feb. 22

Rapoport reported, "[Manziel] personally signed [Crowley's] protective order against him, perhaps an acknowledgment of its merit."

Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reported on Feb. 5 that a judge signed a protective order ensuring Manziel must stay away from Crowley for two years. The judge also ruled Manziel must pay $12,000 in legal fees.

"Crowley has told authorities that, according to sources, she is afraid for her safety and has drafted an order of protection to be presented to a Tarrant County district court judge," Lopez wrote on Feb. 4.

Dallas PD Obtained Crowley's Medical Records

Monday, Feb. 22

Pat McManamon of ESPN reported on Feb. 18 that the Dallas Police Department is in possession of Crowley's medical records, which "could verify [her ruptured eardrum] and could affect any charges that might be filed."

On Monday, Rapoport reported, "Crowley's ruptured eardrum may not allow her to finish the [one] hour she needs to graduate from college. The class: scuba diving."

Dallas PD Comments on Investigation Timeline

Saturday, Feb. 20

Dallas police released a statement about the investigation, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal:

Nate Ulrich @NateUlrichABJ

The full statement from Dallas police on Johnny Manziel case: https://t.co/4N1C747yqv

"Hopefully by the end of next week we'll be done with it," Maj. Midge Boyle said Feb. 19, per Naomi Martin of the Dallas Morning News.

Boyle indicated investigators are expected to decide whether they will charge Manziel within that time frame, per Martin.

Crowley Releases Statement on Incident

Friday, Feb. 5

Rebecca Lopez @rlopezwfaa

Collen Crowley, Johnny Manziel's ex girlfriend sent me this statement https://t.co/7m7u5WDLcW

Manziel the Focus of Dallas PD Investigation

Friday, Feb. 5

The statement noted Manziel is the suspect:

Following yesterday's release, today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016. A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated. Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered.

As there are many emotional factors involved, it is not uncommon for a victim of domestic violence to question or delay reporting an assault. This is an on-going investigation and updates will be made as information becomes available.

Crowley reportedly provided a statement to the Dallas Police Department and wants the district attorney to file charges, according to Lopez.

Agent Erik Burkhardt Parts Ways with Manziel

Friday, Feb. 5

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

A statement from @ErikBurkhardt, the now former agent for Johnny Manziel. Their business relationship is over https://t.co/oC3Zp9RKkN

Manziel Reportedly Declined to Return to Rehab

Friday, Feb. 5

According to the Dallas Morning News' Katie Hairopoulos, Manziel's father said his son "twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week."

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel said, according to Hairopoulos.

Manziel Denies Involvement

Thursday, Feb. 4

"It didn't happen," Manziel told TMZ Sports. "I'm completely stable. I'm safe and secure."

Manziel also reportedly told TMZ, "I have great things coming ahead," and added, "I know I've been having fun, but I just need to get my body right."

Background on Manziel's Alleged Incidents

Thursday, Feb. 4

According to Lopez, the alleged assault unfolded in the early hours of Jan. 30 after Manziel and Crowley were involved in an argument "over another girl."

The quarterback reportedly told Crowley, "Shut up or I'll kill us both," and allegedly forced her into a car, hit her and dragged her by her hair.

"He grabbed me by my hair and threw me back into the car and got back in himself," Crowley reportedly told the police, according to Lopez. "He hit me with his open hand on my left ear for jumping out of the car. I realized immediately that I could not hear out of that ear, and I still cannot today, two days later."

The two had reportedly been dating for two years and lived together for four months before splitting up.

In mid-October, Manziel was questioned by the police following an argument with Crowley and admitted to drinking earlier in the day, according to McManamon, who cited a police report.

In February 2015, Manziel voluntarily entered a rehabilitation clinic as he attempted to "figure out his value system," a source told ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.


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